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Sony debuts Xperia L1 with 5.5-inch display and Android Nougat

Sony debuts Xperia L1 with 5.5-inch display and Android Nougat

High-end Xperia phones like the XZ might get the lion's share of attention, but if you're looking for a more entry-level Xperia device, Sony has you covered there too. Sony launched the Xperia L1 today, revealing a device that may not come with all of the premium Xperia bells and whistles we're used to, but should still serve as a good choice for folks who need a phone on a budget.

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PS3 enters end-of-life as Sony prepares to stop production in Japan

PS3 enters end-of-life as Sony prepares to stop production in Japan

It's been an impressive run, but it looks like the PlayStation 3's days are numbered. Sony has silently updated the PS3 listing on its Japanese site to say that production on the console will be ending soon. Though it doesn't give a date for when production will end, one Japanese retailer suggests that it could happen as early as this month.

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Sony patent lets devices leech power off others wirelessly

Sony patent lets devices leech power off others wirelessly

Despite years of promises, wireless charging has yet to really took root in the consumer’s mind. It is still not an in-demand feature in smartphones the way waterproofing or, to some degree, microSD card slots, have become. In a chicken or egg situation, wireless charging pads, especially in public places, aren’t as common as well, making it inconvenient to rely on wireless technology? But what if topping off your smartphone means simply just placing it nearby another? That is the interesting, and partly scary, scenario that Sony’s latest patent paints, where one device can recharge itself by sucking out power from another. Wirelessly, of course.

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Horizon Zero Dawn sales rocket to 2.6 million

Horizon Zero Dawn sales rocket to 2.6 million

For most developers, launching a brand new IP the same week a new console comes out is a no-go. Beyond that, launching a new IP the same week a new console and a new game in The Legend of Zelda series release would probably be insanity. That isn't the case for Sony, which launched Horizon Zero Dawn for the PlayStation just a few days before the Nintendo Switch and Breath of the Wild arrived on the scene.

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PlayStation 4 firmware 4.50 is causing network issues

PlayStation 4 firmware 4.50 is causing network issues

Sony recently released PlayStation 4 firmware update version 4.50, bringing a bunch of updates and some new very welcomed features, such as external hard drive support for storing games. Unfortunately, the update also brought with it a major networking issue that is affecting many console owners, resulting in an inability to use a WiFi network. While some users have come up with 'workarounds' to get around the issue, Sony still hasn't released a fix.

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Sony BRAVIA OLED 4K HDR TVs, sound bars get pricing and release dates

Sony BRAVIA OLED 4K HDR TVs, sound bars get pricing and release dates

Sony showed up to CES 2017 with a collection of new BRAVIA 4K OLED TVs in tow, but as is usually the case with these trade show reveals, Sony wasn't quite ready to talk release dates or pricing at the time. Today Sony is delivering that information at last, but with these TVs offering 4K OLED panels, don't expect them to be inexpensive.

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Xperia XA1 also goes into pre-order in the UK

Xperia XA1 also goes into pre-order in the UK

On the heels of Sony kicking off the pre-order period for the Xperia XZ Premium in the UK, retailer Clove has also put up the pre-sale pages for the Xperia XA1. The smallest and least “equipped” of the four Xperia smartphones announced at MWC 2017, the Xperia XA1 is, by no means, an underdog. The specs definitely match many of the mid-range models this time of year but, this time, it appears that Sony may have gotten its pricing right.

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PlayStation 4 games coming to PlayStation Now later this year

PlayStation 4 games coming to PlayStation Now later this year

PlayStation Now is going to get a major boost in value later this year, as Sony announced today that it will soon add PS4 games to the PS Now lineup. That's pretty huge news, as PS Now is currently exclusive to PlayStation 3 titles. The PlayStation 3 had a good library, to be sure, but at $20 per month, some folks think that PlayStation Now is a little too expensive when the service only offers previous-generation games.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium up for pre-order in the UK at this price

Sony Xperia XZ Premium up for pre-order in the UK at this price

The Xperia XZ Premium is set to be Sony’s premium, pun totally intended, smartphone for 2017. But even though the company unveiled the smartphone early at MWC 2017 last month, it’s going to take a while before it actually ships to would-be owners. Continuing that theme of being an early bird, Sony has started pre-orders for the Xperia XZ Premium in the UK, giving a glimpse of how much it will cost you when it actually ships in 3 months.

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PS4 system update 4.50 lands tomorrow – here’s what to expect

PS4 system update 4.50 lands tomorrow – here’s what to expect

Back at the beginning of February, we told you about PlayStation 4 system update 4.50. When it was first detailed, Sony talked about a lot of major features, like Boost Mode for the PS4 Pro and external hard drive support for the entire PlayStation family. Today, we're learning about some additional features that will be coming along with 4.50, making this one massive update.

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PlayStation Vue now lets you watch multiple channels at once on PS4

PlayStation Vue now lets you watch multiple channels at once on PS4

PlayStation Vue is getting a nifty new feature today in the form of multi-view. As you could probably already tell from the name, multi-view allows you to watch multiple channels simultaneously and side-by-side, which ensures that you either miss nothing or everything as you try to keep up with it all. The feature is rolling out today for PlayStation Vue on the PS4.

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LG G6 vs. Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. Huawei P10 Plus – MWC 2017 Mobile Showdown

LG G6 vs. Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. Huawei P10 Plus – MWC 2017 Mobile Showdown

As the dust of MWC 2017 settles, we take stock of all the announcements, teasers, and devices that rained down in Barcelona. We definitely have enough interesting smartphones, high-end or otherwise, that makes Samsung’s relative absence almost negligible. LG’s return to essentials with the G6, Sony’s hybrid of two generations of flagships with the Xperia XZ Premium, and Huawei’s unyielding commitment to Leica lenses with the P10 Plus.

Of course, the question always boils down to “which is the best smartphone of 2017”. And, of course, the answer is never straightforward. While we wait to spend more quality time with each of these three, we take a quick recap of what make each one your best smartphone of 2017.

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